Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) comments on the Governmentâ€™s Transport Decarbonisation Plan.
â€œFollowing the publication of the Governmentâ€™s Transport Decarbonisation Plan, the PRA is concerned that whilst the Government is signposting a low carbon future, the financial implications are yet to be addressed.
â€œThe principle that road users should pay for the roads that they drive on is fair. Fuel duty ensures this happens because people pay more duty as they use more of the roads.Â The same principle should apply to the low carbon future, which should be market led.
â€œIt is not yet clear which low carbon fuels, hydrogen technologies or battery forms will emerge as the most environmentally friendly and efficient. Many PRA members are still hesitating on installing charging points as the business case is not yet there. Road user charging could ensure the Government remains neutral as far as the competition between technologies is concerned, while raising sufficient revenue to plug the gap in Exchequer funding caused by any future decline in fuel duty receipts.
â€œWithout a sensible plan where all road users pay for their upkeep, the burden will be borne by motorists who canâ€™t afford to buy an EV which is still more expensive than an ICE vehicle. Currently EV drivers are literally getting a â€˜free rideâ€™ as they pay domestic rate VAT on the electricity they use, no excise duty on fuel and no vehicle excise dutyâ€.
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